They're Gaining On Us
February 22, 2007
I knew it all along. The image to the left is actually a stern warning of things to come: "No fewer than 22 times, researchers documented wild chimpanzees on an African savanna fashioning sticks into 'spears' to hunt small primates... In each case a chimpanzee modified a branch by breaking off one or two ends and, frequently, using its teeth to sharpen the stick. The ape then jabbed the spear into hollows in tree trunks where bush babies sleep... Anthropologist and study co-author Paco Bertolani witnessed... a chimpanzee successfully extract a bush baby with a spear."
(H/T, Butterflies & Wheels)
Update: This macaque monkey has a thought-controlled robot arm. Built by humans, I hasten to add.